The idli maker is typically made of stainless steel or aluminum and consists of two stackable plates. Each plate has 4 to 5 round-shaped cavities or molds to hold the idli batter. Using this idli maker is straightforward. After steaming, the idlis can be easily removed from the molds using a spoon or spatula. The plates can be washed with soap and water or placed in a dishwasher for easy cleaning.